Service to Others

Communion Sunday, March 1

The Communion offering for March 1 will go to UMCOR (formerly called the One Great Hour of Sharing). Every year one special offering is taken for UMCOR through One Hour of Sharing to defray the costs to run the operation so when any disaster occurs 100% collected for that disaster goes to the project. UMCOR is usually one of the first to respond to a disaster and one of the last to leave after all is cleaned up. Through this offering UMCOR can continue the work it has been doing for over 75 years. This offering makes it all possible. Please give generously.
X-tra Mile Ministry Giving for March
Our X-tra Mile Ministry Giving for March will go to Helping Hands, our Thursday evening outreach; in addition to the nightly meal for our homeless and hungry community. We provide basic daily supplies such as toiletries, hygiene products and other items. A list of the most needed items will be available in the Narthex. Thank you for your continued support of this outreach. For more information, see Brenda Walker.
And Two Fishes Soup Kitchen
A group of volunteers provides food, clothing, and fellowship to homeless men and women each week on Thursday night.  We rely on the generous gifts of church members and members of our local community to make a nutritious dinner, as well as a sack lunch for the next day.  We invite you to participate in this ministry, working on meal preparation from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm and meal service from 5:00 pm until 6:15 pm. Contact the church for volunteer details.
 
The UMC Vista Endowment Fund
This Endowment Fund receives gifts, often in the form of trust or will bequests, to remember special people in our lives and to benefit spiritual growth at the UMC Vista.  
 
The Endowment Fund awards Academic Scholarships and District Summer Camp Scholarships.  These camps are week-long, overnight, Christian-based camps where our children engage in worship, small group and large group activities and games. At summer camp, children grow in their faith, learn leadership skills, grow their self-esteem, develop inter-personal skills with peers and adults, make life-long friendships and have fun.
UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. 
Please click this link to make a donation to this important work.
 
Second Saturdays is Days for Girls Workshop in Escondido. Days for Girls is a charitable foundation that makes it possible for young girls around the world to attend school every day. If you can sew, cut, stack, quality control, you can help 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please contact Barbara Mitchell, 760.726.0442 for more information.
     Church and Society Committee’s  Helping Hands Outreach
Church and Society is proud to announce our UMC Helping Hands Outreach is ready! If you would like to see our shelves, see a member of Church and Society who will gladly show you! A list of available items is posted.
We have been working on this project for several months and that work has paid off! We have simple and basic necessities of life available for the homeless as well as the working poor. Volunteers will be available Thursday evenings between 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. to attend to the project. Additional hours will be added at a later date.
We are in need of new or gently used men and women’s clothing. Please drop them in the designated box in the Narthex. For more information, please contact Brenda Walker, 760.726.0442.
SCRIP
Last year we earned more than $3,000 from the sale of more than $80,000 in gift cards. These profits are designated to capital expenditures for our children and youth. For example, the play structure, all of the furniture in the children and youth rooms, as well as half of the classroom video systems were purchased with SCRIP funds.  We buy these gift cards at a discount from the merchants, and the difference is used to fund this important aspect of our ministry.
Click on this link to view our Forms and SCRIP Report for more information and to order your gift cards.
 
 
 
 
Cable Outreach Foundation
Since June of 2012, The United Methodist Church of Vista has been able to provide grants to 100 charities for a total of more than $1.6 million.  We have been blessed with this opportunity to serve others thanks to the generous gift of approximately $12 million from the George Cable Trust.  After retiring the building mortgage, paying legal fees, establishing a reserve account, providing benevolent gifts to Operation Hope, and scholarships to Africa University, the Cable Foundation was formed to begin a process of evaluating annual grant requests.  A fund of more than $8.5 million is used to provide the source of these grants, which uphold the social principles of the United Methodist Church. We engage in a process of discernment to ensure that grant requests further our vision of “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”.